Programme Spain at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020

Wednesday 14

16:00

Opening speech from José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, Minister of Culture and Sport.

16:05

Live Panel: “Women Write”.

Speakers: Laura Freixas (writer), Elena Medel (writer), Sara Mesa (writer).
Moderator: Inés Martín Rodrigo (writer and journalist).
Q&A with the audience.

Thursday 15

10:00

Professional Programme Frankfurter Buchmesse (B2B): “Have a look at Spain”.

Facts and figures on the Spanish publishing sector from the 2022 Guest of Honor Spain leadership, main targets of Spain Guest of Honour Project, grants and opportunities for international publishers. Insights on Spanish book trends from Chief editors of Penguin Random House, Tusquets, Anagrama, Edebé, Basque, Catalán and Galician literature.
Live event. Registration with the FBM required at: https://www.buchmesse.de/en.
Speakers: María José Gálvez ( (General Director for Books and Reading Promotion in the Spanish Government), Miguel Barrero (president of FGEE), Elvira Marco (Project Director for Spain, Guest of Honor 2022 at Frankfurt Book Fair).
Moderator: Marifé Boix (General Director for Books and Reading Promotion in the Spanish Government).

11:30

Live Panel: “New challenges for the book sector in Spain”.

Speakers: Irene Antón (publisher), Enrique Pascual Pons (bookseller), Jordi Panyella (publisher).
Moderator: Antonio Iturbe (journalist).
Q&A with the audience.

Followed by:
“Spanish non-fiction trends” with journalist Jesús Ruiz Mantilla (writer and journalist) recommends 10 essays not to miss.

16:00

Live Panel: Selection of new voices from Spanish literature “10 de 30” from the AECID. (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation).

Speakers: Gabriela Ybarra (writer), Juan Gómez Bárcena (writer).
Moderator: Javier Serena (Head of Cultural Activities Dept. AECID).
Q&A with the audience.

Followed by:
“New voices of Spanish literature” with Óscar López (director of the literary programme Página Dos, RTVE): will discover emerging writers in the Spanish literary scene.

Friday 16

11:00

Live Panel: “Galdós: Fiction and Life”.

Speakers: Yolanda Arencibia (Director of the Pérez Galdós Chair), Manuel Longares (writer).
Moderator: Juan Cruz (writer and journalist).
On the 100th Anniversary of Benito Pérex Galdos, this panel bring us his best works.
Q&A with the audience.

12:00

Live Panel: “The universal Delibes”.

Speakers: María Pilar Celma Valero, (director of the Miguel Delibes Chair), Amparo Medina-Bocos (PhD in Hispanic Philology), Carlos Fortea (translator).
Moderator: Jesús Marchamalo (writer and journalist).
Miguel Delibes would be 100 years today, his books talk about nature with a passion that makes him a pioneer in the defense of climate and the enviroment. His description of human relationships make him a classical read.
Q&A with the audience.

16:00

Live Panel: “Written on Earth ”.

Speakers: Irene Solá (writer), Sergio del Molino (writer).
Moderator: María José Gálvez (General Director for Books and Reading Promotion in the Spanish Government)
Q&A with the audience.

Followed by:
“Tour of Spanish fiction literature” with the journalist Sergi Vila Sanjuan.

20:00

Programme Bookfest City: “Written from afar”.

Face-to-face event from the Instituto Cervantes in Frankfurt. Registration with the FBM required at: https://www.buchmesse.de/en
Speakers: Fernando Aramburu (writer) y Rosa Ribas (writer).
Moderator: Jakob Strobel y Serra (writer and critic).
Q&A with the audience.

Saturday 17

10:00

Live Panel: “Comics in today's Spain”.

Speakers: Juan Díaz Canales (comic artista), Juanjo Guarnido (comic autor), Elisa McCausland (critic and researcher).
Moderator: Laureano Domínguez (Astiberri Publishing House director).
Q&A with the audience.

12:00

“Concepción Arenal on the bicentennial of his birth” by Anna Caballé (author of the biography “Concepción Arenal. La caminante y su sombra”.

16:00

Live Panel: “Paths in Contemporary Spanish Poetry”

Speakers: Mariano Peyrou (poet), Ana Rossetti (poet), Ángela Segovia (poet).
Moderator: Luis García Montero (Director of the Instituto Cervantes).
Q&A with the audience.

17:20

Programme Bookfest City: Presentation of the works “Pandemocracy: a philosophy of the coronavirus crisis” by Daniel Innerarity (philosopher and essayist) and “Six ways to die in Texas” by Marina Perezagua (writer).

20:00

Programme Bookfest City: Dance performance by Paula Quintana at the Instituto Cervantes in Frankfurt.
Face-to-face event from the Instituto Cervantes in Frankfurt. Registration with the FBM required at https://www.buchmesse.de/en.

Sunday 18

10:00

Live Panel: “New trends in children and YA literature in Spain”.

Speakers: Begoña Oro (writer), Jordi Sierra i Fabra (writer), Ben Clark (writer).
Moderator: Marta Higueras (editor and expert in children’s and youth literature).
Q&A with the audience..

Followed by:
“Take a walk with Marta Higueras to discover new Children and YA books”.

12:00

Live Panel: “Spanish crime novel, Literature or Life”.

Speakers: Berna González Harbour (writer), Domingo Villar (writer), Lorenzo Silva (writer).
Moderator: Ángel de la Calle (Spanish comic illustrator, author and critic).
Q&A with the audience.